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Winchester Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the city in Hampshire so named from the addition of Old English ceaster ‘Roman fort or walled city’ (from Latin castra ‘legionary camp’) to the Romano-British name Venta of disputed origin.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Manchester, Worcester, Chester, Rochester, Dorchester, Lancaster

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Where is the Winchester family from?

You can see how Winchester families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Winchester family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Winchester families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 75 Winchester families living in New Brunswick. This was about 32% of all the recorded Winchester's in Canada. New Brunswick had the highest population of Winchester families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Winchester surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Winchester ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Winchester. 31% of Winchester men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Winchester women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Winchester were Clerk and Spinner. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    31%
  • Labourer
    18%
  • Fisherman
    9%
  • Clerk
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
    34%
  • Student
    23%
  • Income
    23%
  • Spinner
    23%
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Census Records

There are 73,000 census records available for the last name Winchester. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Winchester census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Winchester. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Winchester. For the veterans among your Winchester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Winchester lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Winchester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Winchester in 1944 was 51, and 73 in 2004.

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